U.S.: What Trump's Jerusalem Announcement Means for Washington's Middle East Policy

Dec 6, 2017 | 18:52 GMT


By naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel and announcing that the U.S. Embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, U.S. President Donald Trump has jeopardized Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations before they even begin and risks alienating key U.S. allies in the Middle East. Trump made a speech Dec. 6, in which he made the largely symbolic designation. Jerusalem's status will remain disputed by nearly every other country in the world, party as it is to the stalled peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Israel considers all of Jerusalem its territory, won in the 1967 Six Day War. The Palestinian Territories consider Jerusalem the rightful capital of an independent Palestine....

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